Somers Point Historical Museum open Saturdays

SOMERS POINT - The Somers Point Historical Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in June, July and August at 745 Shore Road. Artifacts, thousands of pictures, and research related to Somers Point is available to the public.

For information, call (609) 927-2900.

Learn about best practices for soil, water conservation

HAMMONTON - New Jersey Audubon will provide information about how people can get technical and/or financial help to make best practices for soil and water conservation improvements to the land at 7 p.m. June 6 at the Hammonton Municipal Building at 100 Central Ave. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will discuss federal programs that are available to assist landowners with planning and implementing conservation stewardship activities.

Reservations are requested.

For reservations, call Christine Nolan at (856) 881-2269 or email

Eat for wellness during and after chemotherapy

LINWOOD - Gilda’s Club South Jersey, 700 New Road, will host “Eating for Optimum Wellness During and After Chemotherapy,” presented by Stephanie Goodman, certified nutrition consultant, holistic health practitioner, and Jane Schwartz, registered dietitian/nutritionist, integrative nutrition counselor, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 7.

Goodman and Schwartz will address the role of nutrition in prevention, enhancing recovery and easing side effects of treatment. Balancing blood sugar, antioxidants, cruciferous vegetables, spices, animal and plant based proteins and fats will be among the topics.

Registration is required.

To register or for information, call Gilda’s Club South Jersey at (609) 926-2699 or email

Heartland to hold Celebration of Life Memorial Service

SOMERS POINT - Heartland Hospice will hold its annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service from 2 to 4 p.m. June 12 at John F. Kennedy Park.

The celebration ceremony honors the lives of all those lost during the year. During this service family members offer their memories and a tribute of their loved ones. The event features singing, prayer and a ceremony to recognize each loved one. Light refreshments will be served.

Heartland Hospice serves all of southern New Jersey, providing care wherever a patient calls home be it in a house, a skilled nursing center, an assisted living facility or independent living facility. Caregivers help create individualized care plans, set personal goals, and manage pain and symptoms. Care includes nursing, home health, social work, spiritual care, massage and music therapy, and volunteer visitors. It is customized to meet the needs of the patient and family.

For event information, call Rev. Charnell Kolm, bereavement coordinator, Heartland Hospice, at (609) 641-4675.

For information about Heartland Hospice, call (609) 641-4675.

ACCC offering free financial aid information

ATLANTIC CITY - Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a free financial aid information session at 5:30 p.m June 21 at Atlantic Cape Community College’s Charles D. Worthington Atlantic City Campus, 1535 Bacharach Blvd., Room 297.

This free workshop is designed to educate students and their parents about the various forms of financial aid available, how to apply and important deadlines and documents.

For reservations or information, call Carol Fraone at (609) 343-5009 or email

Beacon Animal Rescue breakfast supports homeless animals

SOMERS POINT - Beacon Animal Rescue will hold its second annual Pancakes for Paws breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. June 18 at Applebee’s Grille.

Proceeds will support the care of homeless animals.

For tickets or information, call (609) 390-7946 or visit

The West Jersey Artillery to visit historic Batsto Village

HAMMONTON - The West Jersey Artillery; along with its butterfly revolutionary canon, Thundering Barbara, will visit historic Batsto Village on June 11. The artillery is an exciting and dynamic revolutionary war company that brings back to life those patriotic men from New Jersey who fought so long ago to help create the U.S.

Several members of West Jersey Artillery will be on hand beginning at 10 a.m., to demonstrate throughout the day one of the finest reproduction cannons ever constructed for the Revolutionary War living history community. In addition to firing demonstrations, reenactors will be on hand in their camp area to answer questions and explain what life was like for soldiers during the American Revolutionary War. The event will end at 4 p.m.

“This group of re-enactors and their beautiful canon are known far and wide for their knowledge and authenticity. Batsto played an important role in the history of the American Revolutionary War and the Batsto Citizens Committee is proud to bring this special group to the village,” said event coordinator Earl Cain.

In addition to the activities outside; a presentation about the Battle of Trenton will take place in the Batsto Visitors Center Auditorium beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is $3 for this presentation.

Batsto mansion tours will also being conducted beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m.

The Nature Center will be open with science and nature exhibits and special activities for children.

Parking fees are $5 to $7.

Historic Batsto Village is within Wharton State Forest about 7 miles east of Hammonton on Route 542 and about 15 miles west of Exit 50 on the Garden State Parkway.

For information, call the Batsto Visitor Center at (609) 561-0024 or visit

Stockton Ospreys seeking a Pep Song for teams

GALLOWAY - The Ospreys, Stockton University’s NCAA Division III athletic teams, have won numerous conference and regional titles, and they’ve done it without a pep song to cheer them on. That’s about to change.

The university has initiated a public song-writing contest to create a Pep Song no longer than 60 seconds, with fun, easy-to-remember words and an upbeat melody. The song must include a reference to the Ospreys and be applicable to all Stockton sports.

“Stockton’s sports teams are a great source of pride and having our own Pep Song will be another way for fans to display their Osprey spirit,” said Lynne Kesselman, Stockton’s first lady, who is chairing the university’s Pep Song committee.

Three finalists will receive the opportunity for complimentary consultation time to fine-tune their songs with world-renowned composer and arranger Ed Vezinho, who is known for his work with Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, the Temptations and the Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward Big Band, Stockton’s jazz orchestra-in-residence.

After the mentoring process, the winner of the contest will be chosen by songwriter and producer, Fred Jerkins III, who is known for his work with Whitney Houston, Destiny's Child, Michael Jackson and Beyonce.

The Pep Song will debut on University Weekend in October, to be played by Stockton’s new Pep Band. Attendance by the winning composer is requested but not required.

Entries must be submitted in MP3 format and include written lyrics and melody notation.

To submit:

  • Download, fill out and sign the contribution agreement.
  • If submitting a joint entry, all entrants must submit their own contribution agreement.
  • Email song entry in MP3 format and the signed contribution agreement to

For information, email or visit

Stockton Arts Center presents summer lineup for kids

GALLOWAY - The Stockton Performing Arts Center, in conjunction with the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company, will present Stockton Playhouse’s summer lineup for children.

The schedule includes:

•Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach,” 10:30 a.m. July 20. This beloved classic takes the stage in a new musical that is perfect for the entire family. One boy, two awful aunts, five larger-than-life insects, and a giant peach! What happens when magic crystals cause a withered old tree to create the largest and most magnificent peach ever seen? Luckily, a boy named James and a handful of bugs just happen to be nearby when the peach finally snaps free of its stem, and it sweeps them along on a marvelous adventure.

•“The Princess and the Pirate,” 10:30 a.m. July 27. What do you think happens when a Princess lives right next door to a Pirate? It’s not easy staying prim, proper and polite with so much swashbuckling going on in your neighbor’s backyard. Tea time turns into a food fight, a phony treasure map leads to a royal abduction and a storm at sea brings more trouble than anybody bargained for!

•“Pinkalicious, The Musical,” 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Pinkalicious loves pink and wants everything in her life to be pink. Her dream is to radiate pink. After over-indulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up pink. She is thrilled to be pink and have her dream come true. Her parents take her to the doctor, and she is diagnosed with pinkititis. On the way home, Pinkalicious plays at the playground but is attacked by birds and bees when she is mistaken for a pink flower. Her best friend doesn’t even recognize her as she is camouflaged in the garden. At home, she eats another cupcake, and the next morning she wakes up red and develops pink eye pinkititis whereby she can only see the color pink. Now she must do something to fix her predicament. She bravely follows the doctor’s order to eat green food. Due to her new resolve, Pinkalicious is transformed back to normal. Pinkalicious has learned self-control and to be careful for what you wish for.

Tickets are $12.

The center is at 101 Vera King Farris Drive on the campus of Stockton University.

For tickets or information, call (609) 652-9000 or visit

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